Icebreakers games are an exciting way to lead a group into a meeting. For meetings during winter months, try Christmas icebreaker games to ease the stress and tension. Entice everyone to try their best by awarding a few Christmas-themed prizes to winners and smaller prizes for participating. Prizes can include Christmas decor, ornaments, candles and gift cards.
Write several Christmas song titles on slips of paper and write at least two of each song title so at least two people will get the same song. Place the slips of paper in a bowl. As guests show up to the meeting, let them draw a song from the bowl. They must walk around the meeting singing and humming their song until they find the other person who has the same song. The first two players to find their match win the game. This icebreaker can also help you put guests into groups. For example, if you have 16 people, write four different songs on 16 slips of paper to have four groups of four. If people do not show up all at the same time, wait until everyone arrives before handing out the songs.
Are You Ready?
Find out who is ready for Christmas with an icebreaker trivia game. Give each player a sheet of paper and a pen. Read a list of items and have the guests mark down points for each thing they have done for the holidays. Examples include “Give yourself one point if you have up your Christmas tree and two points if it is real,” “Give yourself one point if you have started shopping and two points if you have everything wrapped” and “Give yourself one point if you have started Christmas cards and three points if you have mailed all of them." Tally up each player’s score and award a prize to the player with the highest points.
Blind Gift Towers
Divide everyone into groups of five or six players. Provide 10 wrapped empty boxes that are small but of varying sizes and dimensions for each team. Blindfold one player on each team. Have each blindfolded player stand beside their team's 10 boxes. When you say “Build,” the teams must try to explain to their blindfolded teammate how to stack the boxes 10 high by only using verbal commands. The first team to stack all their boxes wins the game. You can also set a time limit where the team with the most stacked boxes at the end of a certain amount of time wins the game.
Give each person a jingle bell with a small ribbon tied through the end so she can ring it. Jingle bells are available online and at many craft stores. Read a series of sentences of people you are looking for and if anyone thinks they can answer correctly, they should ring the bell. Example sentences include “I am looking for the person who has the most red and green on right now,” “Who can say Merry Christmas in the most different languages?,” “I am looking for someone to show me a Christmas gift receipt from your purse or wallet right now” and “Who will travel the most miles for Christmas Dinner?” Award a small prize to each person for each correct answer.